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Billy Joel On Turning 70, Donald Trump & Why He Writes Music Just For Himself Now

Billy Joel hasn’t released an album of new pop songs since 1993, but that hasn’t stopped him from selling out Madison Square Garden every month for the past five years and packing baseball stadiums across the country each summer. “I’ve gone onstage and said, ‘I don’t have anything new for you, so we’re just going to play the old shit,’ ” Joel says on the phone from his house in Palm Beach, Florida. “And the audience goes, ‘Yeah!’ I’ll be sitting in the stadium looking out at 30,000, 40,000, 50,000 people, thinking, ‘What the hell are they all doing here? Why now?’ I guess, in a way, I’m an anachronism. There aren’t that many of me left. There’s a rarity to it, which gives it value.”

Read more from Billy’s interview with Rolling Stone.

Listen to Billy’s new playlist, “Live Through The Years,” and stream rare live performances for the first time ever!

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Billy Joel Sets Summer Tour of Baseball Stadiums

Billy Joel will embark on a summer tour of concerts at the stadiums of seven Major League Baseball teams. The one-show-a-month stadium tour kicks off March 9th at Phoenix’s Chase Field (home of the Diamondbacks).

Billy Joel Tour Dates

March 9 – Phoenix, AZ @ Chase Field
April 26 – Milwaukee, WI @ Miller Park
May 24 – Philadelphia, PA @ Citizens Bank Park
July 26 – Baltimore, MD @ Camden Yards
August 8 – Denver, CO @ Coors Field
September 14 – Boston, MA @ Fenway Park
October 12 – Arlington, TX @ Globe Life Park

Check out Joel’s site for ticket information for the stadium tour.

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The Last Word: Billy Joel on Self-Doubt, Trump & Finally Becoming Cool

When Billy Joel wrote “Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)” in the mid-Seventies, he had no idea he’d still be playing stadiums the year that song was set. But despite releasing no new music since 1993, he has been seeing bigger crowds every year since he returned to the road in 2013 after a long break to recover from hip surgery.

“There’s a whole new thing going on,” says Joel, who this summer has sold out stadiums in Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia for the fourth year in a row. “There’s offers coming in from everywhere. It’s like, ‘Is everybody else quitting?'”

Joel shares what he’s learned throughout his 50-year career – including why he encourages musical mistakes and why he’s not as depressed as everyone thinks.

Read the Rolling Stone interview HERE.

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Watch Highlights From The Billy Joel Town Hall Hosted By Howard Stern

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Howard Stern and Billy Joel wowed a lucky crowd of just 100 people with an intimate talk/concert for SiriusXM Satellite radio’s “Town Hall” series on Monday afternoon. Guests were invited to the Cutting Room on E. 32nd St., at noon for a three-hour chat between the two and, of course, Stern’s ever-present sidekick, Robin Quivers.

There to perform were Idina Menzel, P!nk, Boys 2 Men and Melissa Etheridge, who rocked the house with a sexy rendition of “Only the Good Die Young.”  Pink, who sat next to her Vietnam veteran father, Jim Moore, sang a duet with Joel to “She’s Always a Woman,” while her father proudly filmed from the audience. Stern presided over a lively interview which included questions from celebrity fans such as Matt Lauer and Rachael Ray.

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SiriusXM Announces A Special Town Hall Event With Billy Joel Hosted By Howard Stern On April 28, 2014

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SiriusXM has announced a special invitation-only “Town Hall” event with Billy Joel, hosted by Howard Stern. This exclusive event will take place on Monday, April 28, 2014 at a secret location in New York City. The Town Hall will be part of a live broadcast of the Howard Stern show and feature Billy Joel answering questions from an intimate studio audience of SiriusXM listeners.

This is what Howard Stern had to say about the event:

“What we’re going be doing is we’re going to have special guests to celebrate Billy Joel’s amazing 50-year career,” Howard said. “Some of these are going to be great musicians … We’ve contacted very famous people in music.”

To qualify for tickets SiriusXM is asking subscribers to submit their most creative questions for Billy Joel for a chance to ask their question in person at the Town Hall! The winners and their guests will receive tickets to this special live broadcast. You can get more information about this special event HERE

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Billy Joel Launches Exclusive Sirius XM Channel

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SiriusXM recently launched The Billy Joel Channel, an exclusive channel featuring the works of iconic artist, Billy Joel.

The limited-run channel launched on Wednesday, March 26 at 6:00 pm ET and will run through June 25, via satellite on channel 4. The Billy Joel Channel will also be available online and through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App.

The Billy Joel Channel features music spanning the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer’s 50-year career: from his earliest work with The Echoes in 1964, to his solo debut Cold Spring Harbor from 1971, through his upcoming release, A Matter of Trust: The Bridge to Russia. The Billy Joel Channel will also feature 40 years of archival interviews, including excerpts from his “Masters Class” sessions that he conducts periodically to music students around the world, as well as rarities from the vaults, previously unavailable studio tracks and live performances captured in his earliest days as a performer.

SiriusXM listeners will hear Billy Joel discuss his legendary career and share commentary about his music, as well as becoming the new Franchise at Madison Square Garden.

The exclusive channel will also feature long-time members of Billy Joel’s touring band revealing experiences about their time on the road together on the special Guest DJ sessions.

Additionally, SiriusXM listeners will hear A Matter of Trust: The Bridge to Russia, the complete concert recorded in Russia in 1987, including 12 unreleased tracks and bonus material, in its entirety on Tuesday, May 20, the day of its release.

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Billy Joel & Jimmy Fallon Form 2-Man Doo-Wop Group

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Jimmy Fallon and Billy Joel loop their voices on an iPad app to form a 2-man doo-wop group — singing “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” by The Tokens in 4-part harmony.

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Columbia Records & Legacy Recordings Set To Release A Matter of Trust – The Bridge To Russia, Billy Joel’s Historic 1987 Russian Tour Revisited on DVD/Blu-ray Concert Film, 2CD Live Album & Deluxe Box Set On May 20, 2014

Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release Billy Joel’s A Matter of Trust – The Bridge To Russia, the artist’s historic 1987 Russian concert tour revisited on DVD/Blu-ray and CD, on Tuesday, May 20, 2014.

A Matter of Trust – The Bridge To Russia will be available in a Deluxe Edition boxed set containing a full-length concert film (The Concert) on DVD or Blu-ray; a 2CD album (The Music) featuring previously unreleased tracks and bonus material; and, as an exclusive, the Showtime documentary film chronicling Billy’s 1987 Soviet Tour, directed by four-time Emmy-winner Jim Brown (“Pete Seeger: The Power of Song,” “American Roots Music,” “An Evening with Henry Belafonte”).

In addition, the Deluxe Edition comes with a book containing rare photos and new liner notes including first-hand accounts from writers and journalists who were there, among them Gary Graff, Michael Jensen, Neal Preston, Rona Elliot and Wayne Robins.

A Matter of Trust – The Bridge To Russia: The Concert (DVD/Blu-ray) and The Music (2CDs) will be available individually, or inside the Deluxe Edition.

A Matter of Trust – The Bridge To Russia: The Concert (DVD or Blu-ray) contains newly restored and remastered material from Live In Leningrad, 1987, a full-length concert film that has been unseen since its VHS release. For its DVD and Blu-ray debut, The Concert has been remastered from the original 35millimeter negative and expanded to include 12 previously unreleased performances, more than doubling the running time of the original release.

A Matter of Trust – The Bridge To Russia: The Concert (DVD or Blu-ray)

1. Prelude/Angry Young Man
2. Allentown
3. Goodnight Saigon
4. Big Man On Mulberry Street
5. Baby Grand
6. An Innocent Man – previously unreleased
7. Honesty – previously unreleased
8. The Longest Time – previously unreleased
9. A Matter Of Trust
10. Only The Good Die Young
11. It’s Still Rock And Roll To Me – previously unreleased
12. Sometimes A Fantasy – previously unreleased
13. You May Be Right – previously unreleased
14. Uptown Girl
15. Big Shot
16. Back In The U.S.S.R.

DVD/Blu-ray Extra:
17. Pressure

A Matter of Trust – The Bridge To Russia: The Music (2 CDs) expands on 1987’s original live Концерт release, with 12 previously unreleased performances.

A Matter of Trust – The Bridge To Russia: The Music (2CD)

Disc One:

1. Odoya
2. Prelude/Angry Young Man
3. Honesty
4. The Ballad of Billy the Kid – previously unreleased
5. She’s Always A Woman – previously unreleased
6. Scenes From An Italian Restaurant – previously unreleased
7. Goodnight Saigon
8. Stiletto
9. Big Man On Mulberry Street
10. Baby Grand
11. What’s Your Name – previously unreleased
12. The Longest Time – previously unreleased
13. An Innocent Man

Disc Two:

1. Pressure – previously unreleased
2. Allentown
3. A Matter Of Trust
4. Only The Good Die Young
5. It’s Still Rock And Roll To Me – previously unreleased
6. Sometimes A Fantasy
7. You May Be Right – previously unreleased
8. Uptown Girl
9. Big Shot
10. Back In The U.S.S.R.
11. The Times They Are A Changin’
12. She Loves You – previously unreleased Russian concerts rehearsal recording
13. New York State Of Mind – previously unreleased
14. Piano Man – previously unreleased

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Watch Billy Joel’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve Performance

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After the ball dropped last night, New Year’s Rockin’ Eve gave viewers a special treat, showing a live performance from Billy Joel as he played from the Barclays Center in New York. Check out this awesome performance of Joel’s classic hit “You May Be Right.”

 

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The 36th Annual Kennedy Center Honors To Air Tonight (Sunday, December 29, 2013) On CBS Featuring Billy Joel, Martina Arroyo, Herbie Hancock, Shirley MacLaine & Carlos Santana

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Tune in tonight (Sunday, December 29, 2013)  at 9/8c on CBS to watch The 36th Annual Kennedy Center Honors featuring opera singer Martina Arroyo; pianist, keyboardist, bandleader and composer Herbie Hancock; pianist, singer and songwriter Billy Joel; actress Shirley MacLaine; and musician and songwriter Carlos Santana.

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In a star-studded celebration on the Kennedy Center Opera House stage, the 2013 Honorees were saluted by great performers from Hollywood and the arts capitals of the world. Seated with President and Mrs. Obama, the Honorees accepted the thanks of their peers and fans through performances and heartfelt tributes.

“The Kennedy Center celebrates five extraordinary individuals who have spent their lives elevating the cultural vibrancy of our nation and the world,” said Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein. “Martina Arroyo has dazzled the world with her glorious soprano voice and continues to share her artistry with a new generation of opera singers; Herbie Hancock has established himself as one of the most innovative musicians in the world, constantly breaking musical barriers and redefining the art of jazz; Billy Joel’s melodies have provided the soundtrack of our lives for over four decades, making him one of pop music’s most prolific and memorable singers and songwriters; the remarkable breadth and range of Shirley MacLaine’s acting has left an indelible impression during a nearly 60-year career on stage and screen; from his legendary performance at Woodstock to his sweep at the 2000 Grammys and beyond, Carlos Santana’s artistry transcends genres while entertaining millions.”

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